Meet Daudi. He’s a 42-year-old tea and coffee farmer from rural Uganda who lives with his wife, Jenifer, and their two cows. Daudi enjoys grazing his cattle in the evenings; that is a time when he has quiet, personal time to plan for his family.
One recent evening, while trying to lift boiling milk off the fire, Daudi tripped and his hand dipped into the scalding liquid. Daudi sustained wounds which healed but left him with a contracture, an area of tightly constricted skin and scar tissue that limits his mobility.
Burn accidents like Daudi’s are common in rural areas because the kitchens are not well lit and often contain fires that are not raised or separated from the living space.
Daudi has had difficulty lifting and holding things tightly since the incident, and has particular difficulty using his thumb and index fingers. He takes longer to do his daily tasks, like milking the cattle, because he now uses one hand and at times still has difficulty at that.
Daudi needs a contracure release surgery in order to regain use of his hand so that he can take care of himself, his cattle, and his family. With $351, Daudi will have the operation he needs.
“Words can not express how grateful I am for the support rendered to me to have my hand work again. I am looking forward to that time when am able to do my work again with ease,” Daudi says.